20 Progressive Solos for String Instruments

20 Progressive Solos for String Instruments

By Samuel Applebaum Bass Book Item: 00-EL02733
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These solos, with piano accompaniment, can be used by individual players as well as for performance by groups. They have proven effective for recruiting string players in the public schools, and for string classes, solo contests and string festivals. Each piece has a distinct value, either for development of certain rhythms, for the development of the left hand and bow arm, and for development of style and musicianship. For more advanced players, these pieces may include shifting into the third position. The third position fingerings may be added by the student or the teacher. Published for violin, viola, cello, string bass, and piano accompaniment. A Federation Festivals 2020-2024 selection.


Title Composer
1. To a Wild Rose (for tone and bow control) MacDowell
2. Whispering Hope (learning to play dotted quarter notes) Hawthorne
3. Chop Sticks (introducing the solid bowings)
4. Rigaudon (learning to play grace notes and chords) Lee
5. The Little French Boy (for the martelé bowing) Senaille
6. Along the Brook (developing the legato bowing) Lichner
7. Wedding of the Winds (for style and left hand finger action) Hall
8. While Strolling Through the Park One Day (for broad bowing)
9. A Day with the Gypsies (for left hand pizzicato and style) Behr
10. The Caissons Go Rolling Along (learning to play syncopated rhythm) Gruber
11. March Militaire (combining the détaché and martelé bowings) Schubert
12. The Four Pipers (learning the Rondo form) Destouches
13. Tulip (developing a legato style) Lichner
14. The Little Princess (learning to play sixteenth notes) Hook
15. Lily (more sixteenth notes) Lichner
16. Gertrude's Dream Waltz (sixteenth notes -- détachéd dotted eighths and sixteenth notes) Beethoven
17. Gypsy Dance (left hand finger action) Lichner
18. Spanish Dance (brilliance) Moszkowski
19. Minute Waltz (left hand finger articulation) Chopin
20. Ninette at Court (developing an interesting style) Saint-Amans

Additional Information

Author: Samuel Applebaum
Instrument: String Bass
Format: Book
Instrumentation: Bass
Page Count: 32
Item Number: 00-EL02733
ISBN 10: 0-7692-3278-7
ISBN 13: 978-0-7692-3278-2
UPC: 029156146257

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